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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   If a person has kidney disease and then drinks 8 ounces of brandy and gets drunk what is the best course of action. They drank at dinnertime 1.5 hours ago and are now sound asleep. Should they just sleep it off. Would it be wise to consult with the Dr. in the morning to have a health checkup regarding this incident?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   May I know the age of the individual?
User :   82
Doctor :   Does he have any other medical illness such as diabetes?
User :   No, high blood pressure though.
User :   He has been drinking 1 to 2 beers and has been fine with that in all of his checkups. Is the first time that he did this: I think it was a mistake even for him.
Doctor :   Alcohol is metabolized primarily in the liver.
User :   I see.
Doctor :   However heavy drinking can also impair the kidney functions too.
Doctor :   Since I am unable to physically examine him, I cannot predict what may be causing the drowsiness.
User :   Perhaps after an hour and 1/2 most of the effects are past perhaps and he ought to just sleep it off. I wonder.
User :   He was wobbling around but at least was able to put his pajamas on and brush his teeth and get into bed: now he is fast asleep.
Doctor :   That could be possible, however, if he is not waking up inspite of stimulus(pain or verbal), I think the best decision is to consider consulting the doctor.
User :   He does respond to verbal stimulus: when asked a question: he replies: leave me alone I want to sleep.
Doctor :   If he is responding, then I expect him to improve.
User :   OK. I'll take that to mean that I will let him sleep. I'm reassured by your response. All talk to his general practitioner in the morning. Bye for now.
Doctor :   you need to see a doctor, if you feel that he has facial puffiness, breathing difficulty or notice yellowing discoloration of the sclera or find that he is not passing urine enough - do not hesitate to call a doctor .
Doctor :   Hope this is clear to you.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   OK thanks bye
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